Building cultures of respect, inclusion and equity
The essence of the Flourish Model is the understanding that we are all shaped by our genetic inheritance and the worlds that we experience as children, but that we share a common humanity. By better understanding what underpins our own needs and motivations we can be more open to the fact that others think and feel differently to us. At heart, however, we are caring, social beings with an innate need to be in positive relationship with others.
"Human beings are social animals. We live and work and socialize together in communities
that exist in diverse cultures and climates throughout the Earth. Within each of these communities from Mongolia to Mogadishu to Managua to Minnesota, human beings experience compassion for others, relieving pain and suffering for their families, for their neighbors,
for their communities. But the structure of modern society—of nation states and mega cities and a world population that has grown to over seven billion—often thwarts and distorts this natural desire to be compassionate. The sense of disconnection is so pervasive that unkindness, indifference, and selfishness appear as the norm; compassion, kindness and caring are the outliers." - Charter for Compassion, 2018